Chris Craymer

‘What I Know for Sure’ by Oprah Winfrey

The book’s contents span 14 years, lending a sense of evolving consciousness to the dozens of short essays. By Meredith Maran

Album Review | INDIE ROCK

// Blonde Redhead, ‘Barragán’

Quiet speaks volumes for the New York City trio Blonde Redhead on its newly released ninth album.

Album Review | HIP-HOP

// Jeezy, ‘Seen It All: The Autobiography’

Veteran rapper Jeezy remains consistent on his fifth studio album — for better and, frustratingly, for worse.

Album Review | ROCK

// J Mascis, ‘Tied to a Star’

On his second solo album, the Dinosaur Jr. frontman goes acoustic and heartfelt.

concert review

// Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers hit home run at Fenway

The band played for almost two hours to an appreciative audience that sang along.

Stage Review

// Love, 1950s American style

Though his play, “Period of Adjustment,” represents the ordinarily hyper-dramatic playwright trying on a more lighthearted approach, this work is a far cry from funny.

What's on TV tonight

// Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Tuesday night

Sarah Rodman on what to watch, including “Download Festival 2014” on VH1 Classic and “The Story of ‘Frozen’ ” on ABC.

Summer Arts Preview

special section

// The sizzling summer of arts

Transforming the Clark Art Institute, Newport Jazz Festival, plus 90 critics’ picks.


The first days of the textile strike in Lawrence, 1912.


Oppenheim’s poem blooms in musical odes to labor

James Oppenheim’s protest poem “Bread and Roses” took root as an anthem for workers and the labor movement.

Theater & art

R. Bobby (top) and Felix Teich in Sleeping Weazel’s production of Charlotte Meehan’s “27 Tips for Banishing the Blues.”


In playwright’s view, happiness industry is a bummer

“27 Tips for Banishing the Blues” looks at depression in America, specifically casting a harsh comic light on charlatans who try to profit from it.